James Thierree wins French theatre prize

11th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Swiss artist who is also the grandson of Charlie Chaplin has been awarded another French theatre prize.

PARIS – Swiss acrobat and actor James Thierree, Charlie Chaplin's 34-year-old grandson, has scooped another French theatre prize, the jury said Wednesday.

The Theatre Pleasure prize of EUR 5,000 (CHF 7,810), awarded by the country's playwrights' guild, will be handed to Thierree, a performer of many facets who is also mime artist, dancer, director and musician, at a ceremony on 19 January.

The son of acrobats Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierree, the Swiss artist has made a name for himself as one of the world's most creative performers, staging shows that bring together theatre, magic, music and circus arts.

He won French awards for his "La Symphonie du Hanneton" (May Bug Symphony) in 2006 as well as for last year's "Au Revoir Parapluie" (Goodbye Umbrella), which wowed audiences from Paris to New York, London and Sydney.

He opens a new show in Paris this week.

[AFP / Expatica]

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